Seahorse World at Beauty Point, TAS

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We were lucky to be able to visit Seahorse World thanks to Sean’s aunt and uncle.  They had a tour and knew the kids would love it so treated us to a visit.  We made the trip up to Beauty Point from Longford via a scenic route that took us right next to the water.  How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Seahorse World is right on the dock, there were boats to see and people fishing nearby. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Check out these limits!  Catch an octopus?  You can keep up to 100 kg.  Shark?  Keep two!  We were told that this part of the Tamar River has plenty of sharks in it.  Not a place for swimming! How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Your time at Seahorse World includes a 45-minute guided tour.  First they took us into a room with several different kinds of seahorses.  They told us that seahorses are the only species where the male carries the pregnancy and gives birth. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Some species of seahorses change colours.  This tank included both yellow and red ones. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Then they took us in the next room where they breed the seahorses.  Seahorse World breeds and ships seahorses to places all over the world.  Chances are, if you’ve been to an aquarium where they have seahorses they came from here at Beauty Point.  How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania These seahorses are only weeks old.  How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania There were tiny seahorses in each of those round tanks! How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, TasmaniaHow Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Once they reach a certain age they are moved to this larger tank.  There were two of these.  In this picture below the seahorses are spread throughout the tank.  In the next tank they were all huddled together.  Our tour guide explained that they had just shipped some from that tank.  The seahorses fast for a few days before shipping.  Which meant the whole tank had fasted for a few days.  He spread some food in the tank and they started to separate some. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania These with the big bellies are males.  He told us that the ones with mostly white on their bellies aren’t pregnant, they’re just showing off.  The ones with the smaller, mostly yellow bellies are the pregnant ones.  They can give birth to hundreds at a time! How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania They had a few sea dragons also, which are beautiful.  It sounded like they don’t breed these yet, they’re still learning about them. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, TasmaniaHow Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania There were other sea creatures, too, like this giant crab that they estimate to be around thirty years old! How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania We often see cuttlefish bones washed up on the beach so it was neat to see the actual fish.  They had several bones lined up outside the tank.  I thought this guy was quite beautiful. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania I find hermit crabs fascinating.  These were much bigger than any others I’ve ever seen.  How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania The fun part…I didn’t know this was coming.  We got to hold seahorses!  How cool is that?  They told us that seahorses could go up to fifteen minutes or so out of the water. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania They were bumpy.  Bony.  Not slimy at all.  They don’t have scales.  They writhed around a little and it seemed like they were almost hiccupping a bit.  How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Jitterbug pointed out this display on the wall of the snout of a sawfish.  Wow.  Can you imagine coming across one of those in the water?  We later saw a picture of one of these somewhere and he pointed it out to me. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Black clownfish.  I’m sure that’s the technical term.  (I almost called them black Nemos.  That would be even less technical.) How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania I wish this was labelled or that there had been a diagram nearby. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania A few other things to look at… How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Then we were off to the building next door for ice cream.  Yum. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania If you visit, the Platypus House & Echidna Garden is right next door!  We couldn’t do both, we just stopped in for the ice cream.  🙂 Then the kids decided to scare Mama. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania We made the drive back to Longford, crossing the bridge and heading down the river on the other side.  Lovely views. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Took this shot of the bridge through the front car window, that’s why there’s such odd colouring in the sky.How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania Love the staircase of clouds we saw that day. How Many More Minutes? ~ Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Tasmania  After four nights in Longford it was time to move on!

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